I went after school this evening to visit an old friend. We've know Gerald for approximately 25 years. We used to be neighbors.
His kids were in high school and college when we met, and he had recently started dating Anne, the love of his life. They married a couple of years later. They were married for 15 years before she died.
He had grand kids around the ages of my children, and he out a pool in his backyard to keep all the kiddos entertained. He even built a big deck around the pool and added a covered cabana on one side.
Gerald had a friend we all called "T-Bird". T-Bird liked buying classic cars and restoring them. Unfortunately, T-Bird's wife did not share his enthusiasm for this hobby. One time, T-Bird bought another classic, old car to restore, but hid it under the walnut tree between our house and Geralds's house. Wouldn't you know it, Webb City soon had a giant storm that blew over that old walnut tree right onto T-Bird's car!
Next door to Gerald lives Benny, also known as Ben Rotten. Benny is brother to the local personality Hank Rotten. Benny is quite the character! He loves karaoke and all kinds of sports.
I miss living next to Benny and Gerald.